Conisbrough mum’s joy at smoke alarm campaign win

Libby Jayne Hornsby
Libby Jayne Hornsby

The family of a Conisbrough girl who died in a house fire have welcomed news that a proposed ‘smoke alarm law’ is a step closer.

A total of 245 MPs pledged their support to a private members bill, which calls on the government to make it law for smoke alarms to be fitted in private rented properties.

This follows pressure from the South Yorkshire Times’ ‘Do it for Libby’ campaign in the name of Libby-Jayne Hornsby, who died aged two in a blaze last October a rented home in Conisbrough that did not have smoke alarms.

Mum Kelly Hambrey said: “Me and my family are really pleased about this latest development. I think that the passing of the new smoke alarm law is brilliant news.”

Since the tragedy, started by another child playing with a lighter, Labour’s former fire minister Nick Raynsford MP introduced a bill in the House of Commons to highlight the fact that there is currently no law which requires landlords to fit smoke alarms in private rented properties.

The bill asks the government to make it law for landlords to fit smoke detectors.

MPs will now use this as evidence to continue lobbying government ministers and raising awareness of the issue.

The department for communities and local government is considering responses to a review and will publish their decision later in the year.